AUSTIN – On Thursday Attorney General Ken Paxton warned Texans that scammers have been spotted posing as state agencies to solicit money from hardworking consumers.
Attorney General Paxton’s press release said there are variations of this scam. Some are posing as local law enforcement contacting you with a warrant, agencies asking for donations, back taxes or fines. Others asking for your personal information to either confirm innocence or receive a payment.
Government agencies do not email or call individuals with financial solicitations. Consumers are advised to keep their personal information private and, if contacted by someone claiming to represent a government agency, go to its official website and find a legitimate phone number to confirm, said the press release.
The release said when contacted by phone or email by someone posing as a government agency, practice these steps to beat an imposter scam:
- Do not wire money, confirm financial or personal information, including bank account, credit card, or Social Security numbers.
- Do not pay for a prize. If you enter and win a legitimate sweepstakes, you do not have to pay insurance, taxes, or shipping charges to collect your prize.
- Do not trust a name or phone number. Scammers often use fake names and phone numbers to disguise their identity and area code.
- Put your number on the Texas Do Not Call Registry and the National Do Not Call Registry.
Report suspected fraud to the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling toll-free 1-800-621-0508 or by filing an online complaint.